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December 2008

Top 10 consumer stories of 2008

Here’s my take on the most important consumer stories of the year: The sagging economy. The collapse of the stock market, major banks, and businesses. The end of the George W. Bush administration and its crippling of consumer, environmental, and energy regulations. The rise in the cost of food. The... Read more →


New Year’s resolutions help baby boomers make changes in their lives

I’m surprised to be writing about the positive benefits of New Year’s resolutions. I stopped making them years ago, although I wrote often about what consumers could expect in the coming year. I didn’t think the resolutions were effective. However, John Norcross, Ph.D., clinical psychology and professor at the University... Read more →


Vegetarian cookbook offers great information, recipes on eating foods low on the glycemic index

I was lucky to get a great new cookbook as a Christmas present from my daughter. It’s called “The New Glucose Revolution Low GI Vegetarian Cookbook” by Jennie Brand-Miller, Ph.D., Kaye Foster-Powell, R.D., and Kate Marsh, R.D. The thing that sets the book apart from other vegetarian books and cookbooks... Read more →


Help available for baby boomers selecting nursing homes for family members

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has launched a new rating system for nursing homes. The five-star rating system made its debut yesterday. Newspapers across the country responded with articles on whether nursing homes in their cities or states were among the highest or lowest rated. This is helpful... Read more →